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Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:11:13 PM »
I feel like a complete idiot. I made a huge mistake.
I adopted my cat from a shelter in 2015. She had her first on the record rabies vaccine in October of 2015. Last year I got her a 3 year booster.
I was about to call my vet to set up her pre-flight appointment and realized there's a two month gap between her original vaccine and the new one, and from what I understand since her most recent vaccine is now considered the primary vaccine, but since she got it over a year ago means it's no longer valid in the eyes of the UK.
I am so upset, I've been preparing for this for the last 2 years and I was so sure I did everything right. Now I'm 99.9% sure she won't be able to join me right away.  [smiley=bigcry.gif] [smiley=bigcry.gif] [smiley=bigcry.gif]

Does anyone know the process and added costs if my cat doesn't fly within 5 days of me. I already got her in with the vet for a new shot, but the earliest she could fly is September 15th and I'm flying on the 2nd.
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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2018, 09:29:21 PM »
My cats came in two batches and the both batches travelled outside of five days.  I used an agent to receive them into Manchester Airport and do the processing and they handled it all.  There was no problem.


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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 02:32:24 PM »
From what I understand, you won't have any issues if you use a pet transport company. If you do it on your own, the 5 day rule comes into play. The only airline that I know that will let you book without a transport company that I know of is Virgin (I think SAS might also, but the rates were just as expensive as a transport company). I have checked with these companies and they all require a company to handle the transport:
United
American Airlines
British Airways

It may be worth seeing about flying your pet to Holland or France (I don't think they have the 5 day rule, but don't quote me on that) then driving to the UK. It is also much cheaper to go with this option.
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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 02:54:40 PM »

United


United used to allow you to do it yourself, then they stopped that and made you use a pet transport company but we just heard from someone who is in the process that they have started again to allow individuals to transport their own animals.  :)
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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2018, 10:03:23 PM »
United used to allow you to do it yourself, then they stopped that and made you use a pet transport company but we just heard from someone who is in the process that they have started again to allow individuals to transport their own animals.  :)

That's great news! I am picking up my cat next weekend in Paris since United was my only option to England and I had to make plans when they were not allowing any pet bookings at all. I'll make a thread about my experience once she arrives safely!
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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 10:13:14 PM »
That's great news! I am picking up my cat next weekend in Paris since United was my only option to England and I had to make plans when they were not allowing any pet bookings at all. I'll make a thread about my experience once she arrives safely!

That's great!  :) The details of pet travel are more difficult to keep up with than the visa regulations, it seems! 
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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018, 10:09:46 AM »
After a very stressful month, I'm happy to say my little Spinelli arrived into London on Monday! She was a little shaken at first, but once we got home it didn't take her long to explore the flat and give me some quality cuddle time. :)

All of the stress was totally worth it.


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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2018, 12:24:34 PM »
Fantastic update!  It's done now and you never have to do it again.  Just enough the purrs and love. 


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Re: Process if Cat doesn't travel within 5 days of me.
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 01:06:32 PM »
After a very stressful month, I'm happy to say my little Spinelli arrived into London on Monday! She was a little shaken at first, but once we got home it didn't take her long to explore the flat and give me some quality cuddle time. :)

All of the stress was totally worth it.


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Look at those eyes! She's saying "don't try to pull anything like that again"!   ;D

Congratulations!!!  ;D
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